MSU High 5: Aug. 28, 2014
Here's today's MSU High 5 – a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at Michigan State University.View story videos
Facts and values: What’s it take to be an effective scientist?
To many, the image of a scientist is that of a white-coat, alone in the lab peering into a microscope or computer monitor, interested in nothing but the facts. But is that true? MSU’s Robert Pennock and colleagues will be using a $1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the topic.View story photos
Meredith Gore: It's Been a Busy Week
Looking back on my busy week, I realized that my itinerary to some degree illustrates why I do what I do to protect the biodiversity of Madagascar. I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with Malagasy civil society group Alliance Voahary Gasy on a participatory risk-mapping workshop in Manopana, Madagascar, held a press conference with 40 Malagasy journalists, given an anti-corruption workshop in the capital city of Antananarivo, and met with the president, faculty, and students at the University of Toamasina.View story photos
Get a fan. That was the first piece of advice I found myself offering new freshmen as I helped them move into Campbell Hall last Sunday. There isn’t any air conditioning in the hall and the forecast for the week ahead looked downright steamy. I lived on the third floor of Campbell and I remember just how warm it can get. I tried to chat with all of the students as I helped them find the check-in table or lug boxes up the stairwells. Some were more than happy to chatter away, ask advice and offer their thoughts. Others seemed too nervous to do much talking. One young lady came right out and said, “Oh, I’m so nervous. Well, not bad nervous—good nervous. This is all so crazy that I’m here. Do you have any advice?” Ask any Spartan alumnus for advice and I guarantee you’ll get plenty. Get a fan. Go to class. Study hard. Make friends. Join a club. Get to know your professors. Find a tutor. Be open to new experiences. Form study groups. Get a bike. Do the Izzone campout. Go on a study abroad.View story photos
MSU receives two grants to support ‘good food’ in Michigan
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded two grants to MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems to help more Michiganders access “good food” – food that is healthy, fair, green and affordable.View story photos
The business of music
College of Music students are thriving as not only musicians but also as budding entrepreneurs thanks to the new Withrow Career Building Endowment in the College of Music, created by long time donors and supporters Jack and Dottie Withrow.View story photos
MSU researchers awarded grant to help silence Parkinson’s disease
Two MSU neuroscience researchers have received a $165,000 grant from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation to help develop new therapeutic treatments for this chronic, progressive brain disorder. The disease affects nearly 1 million people in the United States and 7 to 10 million people worldwide.View story photos
MSU 29th in national ranking
MSU is one of the top 30 universities in the nation according to Washington Monthly's annual ranking that measures what schools "are doing for the country.” In its 2014 National Universities Rankings, released Aug. 25, MSU ranked 29th, putting it in the top 11 percent of the 277 higher education institutions analyzed by the publication.
Reading ‘Fifty Shades’ linked to unhealthy behaviors
Young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, finds a new study led by an MSU researcher.View story photos
MSU Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center Annual Research Tour
From 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 26 at the MSU Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, visitors will have the opportunity to hear from leading MSU scientists about cutting-edge research in sugarbeets, dry, edible beans and other Saginaw Valley crops.